Andhra Pradesh has always managed to lure a string of travelers, from all parts of India and outside due to its grand monuments, awe-inspiring museums, elaborate havelis, mesmerising hill stations, unexplored natural caves and a lot more. Nestled in the southeastern coast of India, Andhra Pradesh is the 4th largest state of India. The rich cultural heritage, ancient architecture and historical importance have made Andhra Pradesh one of the top tourist destinations in India.

Andhra Pradesh houses various cities that are known for their diversified attractions. With attractions like Borra Caves, Araku Valley, Yarada Beach, Katiki Waterfalls and Kailasagiri Hill Park, Visakhapatnam has become home to the most beguiling destinations for those booking tour packages to Andhra Pradesh. The spirituality seekers can head towards Tirupati, which is the hub of pilgrims. Sri Venkateswara Temple, Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, Sri Govindarajaswami Temple, ISKCON Tirupati and Kapila Theertham are counted among the most renowned temples of Tirupati. Other than these destinations, visitors should also include Vijayawada, Nellore, Chittoor, Anantapur and Kurnool in their list of travel destinations in Andhra Pradesh.

A delight for the lovers of wildlife, Andhra Pradesh is famed for its magnificent flora and fauna in the form of various wildlife parks including, Nagarjunsagar Srisailam Wildlife (largest tiger reserve in India), Indira Gandhi Zoological Park (known for conserving endangered fauna), Kolleru Lake (largest fresh water lake in India), Pulicat Sanctuary (second largest brackish water Eco-System in India) and Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park (housing the Seshachalam hill ranges nestling the abode of Lord Venkateshwara). These sanctuaries are the perfect site to spot number of mammals, birds and reptiles from a closer perspective.

Fairs and Festivals
The locals of Andhra Pradesh have a special inclination for their festivals that depict their enthusiasm for their culture and tradition. The local festivals of Andhra Pradesh include Ugadi (known as Telegu New Year), Varalakshmi Vratham (dedicated to goddess Lakhshmi), Lumbini Festival (commemorating the religion of Buddhism), Visakha Utsav (celebrating the local traditions and culture) and Rayalaseema Food and Dance Festival (biggest cultural event). These festivals offer a great insight of the local charm of the state.

Renowned as the "Food Bowl of the South", Andhra Pradesh is a heaven for all the food lovers. The cuisine of the state is a perfect fusion of rich heritage, local cultures and navabi recipes. Travellers can enjoy the local dishes like Karapu Annam (chilli rice), Rasam (South Indian soup) and Kakarakaya Pulusu (bitter gourd curry prepared with tamarind and spices). For the non vegetarian food lovers, there is a Hyderabad is a must visit city. Visiting Andhra Pradesh and not tasting mouth watering Hyderabadi dishes such as Biryani (rice cooked in delectable spices), Boti Kabab (pieces of meat, marinated and cooked under intense heat, basted with butter or ghee), Khatti Dal (lentils prepared in curry leaves, mustard seeds, cumin, dry red chillies and garlic), and Bhuna Ghost (pan-fried meat with spices), is a sin.

Shopping is always a delightful experience, and shopping in Andhra Pradesh offers various options from handicrafts to wooden artifacts to brass carvings etc.  A shopping spree in this beautiful state is an impressive activity to indulge in. While making your shopping list do not forget to add hubs like Laad Bazar for lac bangles and multihued stones, Malkha for cotton fabric, and Suvasa for block-printed kurtas, baggy salwar pants and dupattas. Also, no traveller visiting Andhra Pradesh ever comes back without buying some exclusive pearls from Hyderabad.

Best Time to Visit
Summers in Andhra Pradesh start from March and lasts till the end of June. Therefore, it gets difficult to indulge in outdoor activities during this time. The summers are followed by the monsoon season (starting from July till September). During the monsoon, the state turns into an oasis due to excessive rains. Therefore, the best time to visit Andhra Pradesh is the winter season that starts around the month of October. The weather is pleasant in winters and hence attracts various travelers on holiday.

How to Reach
By Air - Begumpet Airport (also known as Hyderabad Airport) connects the state with international countries. Vishakhapatnam Airport, Warangal Airport, Rajahmundry Airport, Vijaywada Airport, Tirupati Airport and Cuddapah Airport connect the state with other major states of India
By Train – The main railhead in the state is Hyderabad, which has three well connected stations located at Secunderabad, Visakhapatnam and Vijaywada.
By Road - Andhra Pradesh enjoys land borders with several states including Maharashtra in the northwest, Orissa and Madhya Pradesh in the north, Tamil Nadu in the south and Karnataka in the southeast.

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